Work Experience

Work Experience Week for Year 10 falls at the end of the school year, during Curriculum Enhancement Week. This year this will be from Monday 19th July until Friday 23rd July 2021.  The week sees students from Penrice scattered all over the county experiencing different industries, managed by Ms Turner, our Careers Lead, to give the students a taster of what proper employment feels like and how to be presentable in the workplace.

Preparation for Work Experience is so important to us here at Penrice – we want to ensure our students have the very best experience.

In tutor times, students work on activities with their tutors that help them begin to understand the value of Work Experience and equip them with the knowledge and skills to be able to identify which employers can offer them this important opportunity and how they can ensure their applications put them ahead of the competition!   They will learn how to write employer letters, follow up procedures, organising their time and priorities, engaging with professionals for help and advice and so much more.  In addition to this, our team of tutors, Ms Turner and other career professionals will be on hand to help support students throughout the process.

Parents – to download this year’s Parent and Career information about work experience, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.
Employers – to download a copy of this year’s employer information, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.


Below are a few examples of placements from previous Year 10s.

Casey-Jane (PR Department, Penrice Academy)

Casey-Jane spent the week covering the activities of Curriculum Enhancement Week, as a roving reporter at Penrice

“Throughout the week I helped to produce the school Newsletter, taking pictures, monitoring social media and interviewing people around the school. Working there has given me more confidence and an idea of what it would actually be like to work as a journalist or reporter. I am also considering it as a future career and I’ve had a brilliant time working this week!”

Ellie  (Wilson’s Jewellery, St. Austell)

“I learnt a lot during the week. All of the customers know how to make you smile and laugh! I learnt how to speak formally to people I don’t know. The week was really busy. I had a lot of jobs to do, such as handling and cleaning Jewellery.”

Keenan (IMERYS)

“I spent my week fixing specific things, driving a JCB and pretty much doing mechanical maintenance. I learnt about metal work and tools and it has been extremely interesting.”

Sam (Penrice Academy Site Team)

“My week at Penrice was great! I sorted deliveries and did painting and maintenance. It really showed how things work behind the scenes; how much hard work is put in to the things you don’t usually see.”

Olivia (Indicia)

“Indicia are a costumer engagement Marketing agency. They work with many different clients providing creative and data solutions. I really enjoyed my week there; it really boosted my confidence and has made me think about the future. Everyone there made me feel so welcome. I left with a determination to work hard in school, college and possibly university!”